After a year of disruption, this summer has provided several reminders of all we have to be thankful for. Most recently as we celebrated our nation’s independence, I could not help but be thankful to serve in a country that still respects personal and religious freedom. Although there are several things I am sure we would all like to change, this is still the best country to serve in a ministry setting.
Likewise, last month I had the opportunity to attend the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting in Nashville. Overall, I came away encouraged by the spirit and faithfulness of our denomination, especially when you consider the true blessing and marvel that is the Cooperative Program. I am not saying everything is perfect within the SBC, but I am certainly thankful to be a part.
Speaking of the Cooperative Program, I also have had the privilege this past month of meeting with the budget formula study committee of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). This group is tasked with recommending an allocation formula for the Cooperative Program funds received from ABSC churches. In the process of preparing and meeting with the committee, I was overwhelmed by the partnership and spirit within our state, especially amongst our convention agencies and institutions.
Each of these moments has caused me to reflect on the favor God has shown us at the Arkansas Baptist Foundation. We have experienced an unprecedented time of fruitfulness as God has allowed us to serve in funding ministry both in Arkansas and around the world. As a result, we are even more thankful to be a Cooperative Program funded ministry that comes alongside and supports Baptist churches and entities.
Simply put, thank you Arkansas Baptists for allowing us to serve.